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Transforming Agriculture to Achieve the SDGs: The role of the RBAs

Oct 1, 2018

Side event at FAO's Committee of Agriculture (COAG) highlighted the contribution the agencies provide in moving towards sustainable agriculture and food security.

 

Informal Joint Meeting of the FAO Council and IFAD and WFP Executive Boards

Sep 14, 2018
The second joint meeting of the FAO Council and IFAD and WFP Executive Boards was hosted by IFAD on 14 September 2018.

Joint visit of UN food agency heads to Niger

Sep 14, 2018
In August 2018, the heads of the three Rome-based food agencies travelled to Niger to strengthen their joint efforts to reduce poverty and hunger.

Global hunger continues to rise

Sep 14, 2018

Climate extremes are one of the main reasons behind the increase.

Joint Celebration of the UN Day on South-South (and Triangular) Cooperation (SSC; SSTC)

Sep 10, 2018
On 10 September 2018 the three agencies gathered at FAO Headquarters to jointly celebrate the 2018 UN Day for South-South Cooperation (SSC). 

Building resilience in Niger

Aug 29, 2018

Join the heads of the three UN food agencies on a visit to Niger to see how efforts to build resilience are helping people improve their lives and livelihoods.

As millions experience increased food insecurity in the Sahel, UN food agency chiefs pledge to redouble efforts to reduce poverty and hunger

Aug 17, 2018

In visit to Niger, FAO, IFAD and WFP chiefs stress need to build people’s resilience to shocks.

UN Food Agencies’ chiefs in Niger to support the Sahel’s efforts to fight hunger

Aug 10, 2018
The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will visit Niger from 15-18 August 2018, to highlight regional efforts to address the critical food and nutrition security situation in the Sahel.

Agencias de la ONU con sede Roma profundizan su colaboración en América Latina y el Caribe

Jul 24, 2018

FAO, FIDA y WFP - las tres agencias de las Naciones Unidas con sede en Roma - están preparando planes de trabajo conjunto para Haití, Guatemala y Colombia, que incluyen la erradicación de la pobreza, el hambre, la promoción del desarrollo rural y agrícola y la prevención y gestión de desastres de origen natural.

UN Food Agencies commit to deeper collaboration

Jun 11, 2018
FAO, IFAD and WFP sign new Memorandum of Understanding in Rome. The three United Nations agencies tasked with ending hunger and boosting rural development have committed to strengthening their collaboration to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on achieving Goal 2 Zero Hunger.

2018 Rome-based Agencies Award of Excellence

May 2, 2018

Rome-based agencies showcasing collaboration at country level: the call for nominations is now open until 31 May 2018.

A new paradigm for rural development

Apr 17, 2018
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the broadest consensus ever reached by humanity regarding the kind of development we aspire to. This involves nothing less than eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, combating inequality and injustice, and remedying climate change in all countries and for all people.

Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women

Mar 7, 2018
The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day.

Sweden strenghtens partnership to accelerate economic empowerment for rural women

Mar 5, 2018
Recognizing the multiplying effects of investing in rural women, Sweden – through its development cooperation agency Sida – announced a US$5 million commitment to the Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE).

Transforming the lives of rural women and girls through media and information communication technologies

Feb 28, 2018
The three Rome-based agencies of the United Nations, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), are celebrating 2018 International Women's Day at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy on 8 March.

FAO, IFAD and WFP join efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean

Nov 30, 2017
The three United Nations Rome-based agencies - WFP, FAO and IFAD - are announcing a new alliance that will unite their efforts to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The United Nations Rome-based Agencies commit to enhance their cooperation in the Global South to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030

Nov 29, 2017
FAO, IFAD and WFP present a road map aiming at increasing their collaboration in support of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Calling for new food systems to conquer malnutrition in all its forms

Oct 9, 2017
Companies and consumers must step up their efforts to overhaul the world's food systems at a time when the twin spectres of hunger and obesity are both on the rise, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told delegates at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

Investing in rural development matters more than ever

Sep 15, 2017
In 2016, about 815 million people suffered from hunger - 38 million more than in 2015. After declining for most of the last decade, food insecurity is now on the rise says the annual State of Food Security and Nutrition Report (SOFI) authored by FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNICEF, and WHO.

World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says

Sep 15, 2017
After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today.

Hunger crises will escalate unless we invest more in addressing root causes, say UN food agency chiefs on visit to drought-hit Ethiopia

Sep 5, 2017
Addis Ababa, 5 September 2017 - Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.

UN food agency chiefs begin visit to drought-hit Ethiopia

Sep 1, 2017
1 September 2017, Dolobat village, Ethiopia - Survival priorities are clear for livestock owner Mohamed: "I need to save my animals to sustain my life," he says, sitting outside his thatched home in Dolobat village in Somali region. This part of Ethiopia's south-east is gripped by a devastating drought: rains have failed for the third consecutive year which has caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels.

Food insecurity soars in conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo

Aug 14, 2017
Kinshasa - Amid rising violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7.7 million people face acute hunger - a 30 percent increase over the last year, FAO and WFP warned today in a new report.

Canadian $50m for unique resilience programme

Jul 5, 2017
5 July 2017, Rome - The United Nations' food and agriculture agencies are embarking on an unprecedented joint programme to work with vulnerable communities in three crisis-prone areas over five years to meet their immediate food needs and boost their resilience, while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

South Sudan famine ebbs, but situation still desperate as hunger spreads

Jun 21, 2017
21 June 2017, Rome/Juba - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million - up from 4.9 million in February - and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

Heads Of UN Food Agencies Visit Famine-Stricken South Sudan

May 24, 2017
JUBA - All parties to the conflict in South Sudan must cease violence and work together to ensure that food and other lifesaving support can reach people to end famine and severe hunger, the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

First-Ever Regional Meeting On Food Security In Disaster-Prone Pacific Islands Concludes In Fiji

Apr 30, 2017

NADI - Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji this week.

UN agencies in Rome step up on gender equality to end hunger and poverty

Mar 8, 2017
8 March 2017, Rome - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women’s Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

UN Food Agencies Call For Urgent Action To Address Southern Madagascar’s Worsening Food Insecurity

Nov 18, 2016
ROME/ANTANANARIVO - Farmers in southern Madagascar, hit by three years of devastating drought, urgently need more support so they can plant crops in time for the December and January planting seasons, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Syria Food Production At All-Time Low

Nov 15, 2016
ROME - Food production in Syria has hit a record low as widespread insecurity and unfavourable weather conditions in parts of the country continued to hamper access to land, farming supplies and markets, making it ever more difficult for farmers to maintain their livelihoods and feed the war-torn country

United Nations Agencies In Rome Vow To Take Forward Zero Hunger Challenge

Sep 22, 2016
NEW YORK - The heads of the Rome-based food and agriculture agencies today thanked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his personal commitment and leadership in challenging the world to reach Zero Hunger. They promised to maintain momentum to reach the ambitious target by 2030.

Efforts to achieve zero hunger in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda highlighted at UN General Assembly

Sep 16, 2016
Galvanizing the transformations needed to make Zero Hunger a reality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals will be at the center of discussions for global leaders, policy makers and a diverse group of civil society, private sector leaders and other champions at a high-level side event of the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

To reduce El Niño’s impact on Central America’s Dry Corridor, build resilience and invest in sustainable agriculture

Jun 30, 2016
6 July 2016, Rome - Combined efforts to prevent further human suffering, strengthen resilience and safeguard livelihoods in the wake of El Niño’s devastating effects worldwide must be rapidly ramped-up by governments and the international community, United Nations (UN) leaders said today.

International Agencies in Rome together commemorate Women’s Day with collective and individual commitments for achieving worldwide gender equality

Mar 8, 2016
8 March 2016, Rome - Leaders of international organizations based in Rome today gathered to highlight the achievements and the real prospects for achieving gender equality.  The speakers all agreed accelerating the empowerment of women everywhere is fundamental to achieving a zero hunger world and reaching the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).